Can people with diabetes still run?
If you've recently been diagnosed with diabetes and don't know where to start, don't discount running as a great way to manage your health and fitness.
Its a little known fact that four million people in the UK currently have diabetes; more than all types of cancer and dementia combined. While people with the condition can lead a perfectly normal life, if not managed properly it can lead to serious health complications. But if youre concerned that diabetes spells the end of high impact sport, think again. With a bit of planning and some careful management running might just transform your life.
There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 (T1) develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body have been destroyed and the body is unable to produce any insulin. T1 has nothing to do with lifestyle or weight and can develop at any age.
Type 2 (T2) diabetes develops when the body doesnt produce enough insulin or it doesnt work properly, so T2requires different management.90 per cent of the people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK have T2. Although people are more likely to develop T2 if they are overweight,genetics, diet and medical history also play a part.
While both types need to be carefully managed, many people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes enjoy an active lifestyle and find that running helps to reduce the risk of further complications.
After being diagnosed with T1 diabetes 14 years ago Andy Broomhead from Sheffield assumed his marathon dreams were over. It didn't seem possible to be able to do that kind of thing when I had such a complex condition to manage, Continue reading